What is a Smart Lock
All of us has got at least one key to carry around - either to the entrance door of a house or flat or to a garage or shed, while some of the people may need to keep the whole bunches of keys to different doors, locks, etc. In order to make our lives easier, the manufacturers have presented a new, smart solution that requires no keys at all - using a smart lock. With the smart lock being installed instead of a regular lock, you will only need to download a special app on your smartphone or tablet and open/close the door via your gadget. Smart locks in their vast majority offer pretty much the same functions as conventional locks but ensure a higher level of security. Some of the locks presented on the market offer compatibility with Smart Home systems too.
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What Features to Compare
Your choice of a smart lock depends, first of all, on the access method. The lock should be easy-to-use. In general, you access the lock right from your smartphone which may even unlock the door automatically when you approach it. You need only to install an appropriate application on your phone. If you unlock your entrance door yourself, you will have to press the button in the app every time. In this case, you should deactivate the automatic unlocking option. Some digital door locks allow locking and unlocking with a regular key as well. The locks might have a digital keypad for the access code input. This feature will be useful if you do not have a smartphone.
Extra Functions & Conveniences
Digital door locks may additionally feature extra functions and conveniences, for example, the access control. The application in your smartphone can notify you if somebody has entered the house or left it, what was the time, and duration of the visit, etc. You will have a detailed log of all such events. If your lock is compatible with the Smart Home systems such as Nest or Apple HomeKit, you will be able to get the status reports or enjoy other convenient features. Waterproof locks can be installed in the entrance doors of any building. Other smart locks are intended for interior doors only. Some locks allow opening by keyfobs that are convenient for kids or other family members who do not use any modern gadgets.
Exterior & Installation
You should also pay attention to the installation procedure and the exterior of every digital door lock. As conventional locks, these smart devices may be padlocks or deadbolt locks. Deadbolt locks are installed instead of regular old locks. You can just replace the interior of the lock in your door. It can be done easily - just with the help of a screwdriver. If the dimensions of a lock are correct, the exterior of the old lock remains intact.
Yale Conexis L1
Unpretentious Design, Total Safety
With the first lock having been presented over than 50 years ago, Yale company has made a huge progress and now produces a whole range of safe and smart innovative solutions. For this review, we've selected its Conexis L1 smart lock that's gained trust and become popular with consumers all over the world. The lock looks pretty much simple, if not unpretentious, being fitted with neither LCD screen nor buttons, so you're likely to take it for a conventional deadbolt lock, casting a quick look at it. Yet, it's not as simple as it looks and can provide you with some really high tech functions and top-notch protection level. What sets the Conexis L1 smart lock apart is that it doesn't have any keyhole and it only requires electronic control. This way, if a burglar decided to break into your place, he wouldn't be able to do so, even with a picklock in hand. The Yale smart lock is suitable for the majority of uPVC and composite doors, whereas the installation is effortless and requires nothing at all but a screwdriver.
Multiple Ways to Unblock the Yale Smart Lock
As we have just mentioned, this Yale smart lock can be opened with the help of electronics only. The unit is powered by 4 AA batteries; a special indicator will tell you when their replacement is required. Moreover, if the batteries run out of charge, there is still an emergency power source, a 9B battery. The first and the most convenient key to your door (equipped with the Yale smart lock) is your smartphone. Download the branded Bluetooth app (available for Android and iOS) and you will be able to configure the settings, lock and unlock your doors. Moreover, the Yale smart lock supports the unique Twist & Go function; launch the app to activate Bluetooth, then twist your smartphone 90° to unlock the door. For even higher security level, you can generate special mobile keys that will be valid for a pre-configured period of time; you can share those keys with your family and friends in the app too.
The functionality of Yale smart locks can be enhanced by using additional modules. For this specific deadbolt lock, you can get a module that will connect it to other smart systems in your house. For example, you can connect it to your video surveillance system and see what's happening inside and outside your house via the Yale app. Stay in control of who enters and leaves your house (or office), create keys and share them with your family and friends, and enjoy the top-grade and cutting-edge home security system. Technology stands guard over your property and safety!
Your Phone Is Your Key
We believe that the August Smart Lock Keyless system has one distinctive advantage in comparison with its competitors - it allows an easy installation (within minutes). Frankly speaking, it takes around 10-15 minutes of your time only. You do not need any sophisticated tools, a screwdriver will be enough. More than that, it is not necessary to dismantle an old deadbolt lock. Just replace its cylinder and do not touch the exterior and the bolt. In our opinion, the installation is relatively easy, though if you find it difficult or something is not clear, you may refer to the video instruction available on the manufacturer’s website. While the majority of locks have a square shape, the August smart lock features a unique and handsome appearance. The first impression might be that the lock is too large but it is not. Many square locks have much bigger dimensions than the August Smart Lock. Besides, there is a possibility to open the door by turning the round handle of the smart lock. It is very convenient. In all, this easy-to-install lock is likely to be appreciated by everybody. We could not find any negative thing about this device.
Really Smart Lock
Additionally, we would like to draw your attention to the potential integration of the automatic door lock with the Nest and HomeKit smart home applications. There are several key functions available. Owners of Apple gadgets are not required to reach for their devices. The August Smart Lock will automatically unlock the door when you approach it! It is very convenient if your hands aren't free or your smartphone is deep in your pocket and you can't take it out. You can also grant access for different users to individual doors depending on time, date or day of a week if these doors are equipped with such digital door locks. The application for their control is available both for Android and iOS phones.
ASSA ABLOY DIGI Keyless Smart
Fantastic Alternative to a Mechanical Lock
All of us are accustomed to using good old mechanical locks that are nearly everywhere. However, the rapid development of technologies has brought a totally new type of locks and they are called smart locks. The Assa Abloy we selected for this review is a great example of an affordable and advanced deadbolt lock for indoor use. This unit can be used anywhere: in your house or flat, in an office, hospital, shop, production facilities, etc. Moreover, this automatic door lock is resistant to sub-zero temperatures (from -30°С to 70°С) and moisture (10% - 97%). The model fits most doors from 30 to 55 mm thick. However, the hardware of this smart lock might malfunction if the unit is exposed to the elements (i.e. used outdoors).
Locking / Unlocking Options
Just like conventional mechanical locks, this smart unit can be opened with the help of a key, though this option is used rather seldom. Most of the people who use this smart lock prefer opening it with a card or by entering a PIN code. To input the code, the unit has a small touchscreen display with backlit keys. You can set up to 78 different 8-digit passwords. Also, there is a background sound that helps a lot when you are entering the PIN code. However, there is, yet, another way to unlock a door: with the help of a magnetic card. The supply kit includes 30 of them, enough to provide all employees of, say, a small enterprise.
Convenience Above All
The Assa Abloy smart lock is fully autonomous as it is powered by 4 AA batteries that last easily a year under intense use. There is an indicator that will inform you when the batteries require replacement. But what if you for some reason forget to insert new batteries? Do not worry, the smart lock can use an emergency power source, the 9V battery. Thanks to the reversible handle, this digital smart lock can be used regardless of the direction a door opens.
Yale Keyless Smart Lock
The Brand You Can Fully Trust
Yale is one of the oldest lock manufacturing companies in the world. Millions of Yale products stand guard over people's property day and night. For this review, we decided to take this Yale Keyless smart lock. The first glance at this unit is enough to notice it has no key mechanism, which means it can be unlocked electronically only. That's an obvious advantage since you do not need to carry a key and worry about losing it. The smart lock module has a relatively large backlit touch screen with a keypad for inputting a PIN code. The unit is powered by 4 AA batteries and if you forget to replace them on time, the lock can be powered by a 9V power source, allowing you to get in and replace the AA batteries. However, you will scarcely need to do it as the indicator light will tell you when the batteries need to be changed. Also, all your settings are not lost when you replace the batteries.
This Yale digital door lock is very reliable and safe. It saves up to 20 passwords (each one can contain from 4 to 10 digits) as well as up to 20 key tags and cards. Also, you can control the smart lock via a fob module or right from your smartphone. You can add and delete users so that an unwanted person can never open your door. If a visitor fails to input the right PIN code, the smart lock will be blocked for 5 minutes. Moreover, there is an alarm that will immediately inform you via the Yale smartphone app in case of a burglary attempt. Also, you can set a PIN code valid for 24 hours, letting a limited number of people in. Quite a useful feature for a by-invitation-only event!
This Yale keyless lock can be connected to a number of smart systems in your house (or office) if some additional modules are used. For instance, the unit can work together with the Yale CCTV (for iOS and Android) and alarm system whereas a connectible fob module will help you unlock the door via a remote. The Yale module (included) allows you to connect the smart lock to your smartphone so that you can lock and unlock the door and even view a camera (or cameras). Moreover, you can get a Z-Wave module, compatible with Samsung SmartThings, creating an advanced home automation system that will not only lock and unlock the door remotely, but also track a user entry, set schedules, and a lot more. As you can see, it is a truly smart lock!
Adel 788 Biometric
Easy Installation and Top Safety
The Adel 788 biometric digital automatic door lock is designed primarily for office buildings, though it is suitable for hospitals, schools, and for home use too. As you know, it is generally forbidden to lay electrical cables in leased premises. So, this smart lock requires no cables at all and it can be installed into any plastic, metal or wooden door from 30 to 60 mm thick. Thanks to the reversible handle, this unit can be used with left and right opening doors equally well. The smart lock is fully autonomous; it is powered by 4 AA batteries that last, as usual, for about a year. The lock is fairly durable thanks to the high-quality metal it is made of. Therefore, this piece of security equipment will serve you for a long time, protecting certain premises from unauthorised access.
Easier Than It Seems to Be
There are three ways to unlock the Adel Trinity 788: a fingerprint scanning, a PIN code, and by means of a conventional metal key. The configuration of this automatic door lock is carried out without a computer or other gadgets. Instead, you can do it with the help of 4 buttons on the lock. To add or delete a fingerprint to the database, a person needs to scan his or her finger, then input a certain PIN code, and that's it. The smart lock can store up to 99 users and you, as a boss, can edit and delete the people you no longer wish to give access to. This number is not large but it is enough for a mid-sized company or enterprise. In case of emergency or some software malfunctioning, you can always unlock the Adel Trinity 788 with one of two keys (included).
Why Is This Smart Lock Worth Being Purchased?
- You can easily create an automatic door lock and install it without any difficulties.
- No need to lay cables as the smart lock is fully autonomous.
- Easy-to-configure: you need neither computer nor other gadgets.
- No need to spend money on tags or magnetic cards.
- Fits the majority of plastic, metal, and wooden doors (30-60 mm thick).
- Excellent durability thanks to the metal construction.
- Budget-friendly price.
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